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Alessio Sakara Out of UFC 133 Fight with Jorge Rivera

Alessio SakaraA long awaited matchup between middleweights Alessio Sakara and Jorge Rivera has been scrapped again from next Saturday’s UFC 133 event after Sakara was forced to withdraw from the main card bout with a torn ACL.

Rivera announced on The MMA Hour that he is now expected to face Constantinos Philippou, who was slated to meet Rafael Natal on UFC 133’s preliminary card.

Sakara and Rivera were previosly scheduled to fight at August’s UFC 118 and November’s UFC 122, but a broken arm to Rivera and illness to Sakara canceled both fights.

UFC 133 is headlined by a rematch between former light heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz.

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